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Naropa Poetics Audio Archives

Naropa Audio Archives

The Naropa University Archive Project is preserving and providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The library was developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (the university's Department of Writing and Poetics) founded in 1974 by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S.literary avant-garde.

The collection represents several generations of artists who have contributed to aesthetic and cultural change in the postmodern era. The Naropa University Archive Project seeks to enhance appreciation and understanding of post-World War II American literature and its role in social change, cultural criticism, and the literary arts through widespread dissemination of the actual voices of the poets and writers of this period. Current interest in Oriental religions, environmentalism, political activism, ethnic studies, and women's consciousness is directly indebted to the work of these New American Poets, writers and musicians.

Funding for this project was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Save America's Treasures, the GRAMMY Foundation, the Internet Archive, the Collaborative Digitization Program, and private donors. If this collection is important to you please help us preserve it with your donations.

For more information visit our web site at www.naropaarchive.org or email us at archive@naropa.edu.

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Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Brownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
42,738
30
13
An Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. Waldman reads "Fast Speaking Woman" and other poems. Ginsberg reads "Howl" in its entirety, and other poems.
( 13 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, feminist poetry, beat movement, political poetry
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
20,354
12
4
A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick...
( 4 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, visionary poetry, performance poetry
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen
12,286
15
4
A lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discourse, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Topics included are nuclear weapons, disarmament, the Equal Rights Amendment, aliens, dreams, function of the artist, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, space travel, television, and economics. Keywords: beat generation, literature and the state, technology and literature, literature and society, protest literature
( 4 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.
12,205
7
0
First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continues on 79p044.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
11,379
11
4
First half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. The discussion includes rules for wishing, the dogma of science, L. Ron Hubbard, The Big Lie, and sympathetic magic. The class also includes a question and answer session covering subjects such as memory, Henry Miller, dreams in writing, and defining the soul. (Continues on 86p002.) Keywords: beat movement, magic and poetry, mysticism and literature, science and literature, consciousness and literature
( 4 reviews )
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by Burroughs, William S.
11,371
10
4
First half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences. This workshop took place...
( 4 reviews )
Sam Charters lecture on Jack Kerouac and jazz at the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The lecture includes discussions on jazz of the Beat generation, be-bop, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and a recording of Kerouac and Steve Allen reading "Mexico City blues."
( 4 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
8,578
7
4
An interview with William S. Burroughs for Loka magazine with additional commentary by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The interview covers topics such as government, the New Age movement, identity, biology, cloning, war, escapism, and gurus. Keywords: beat generation, political poetry, activist poetry
( 4 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Smith, Harry
8,335
9
3
A compilation of sounds by Harry Smith with chanting, street sounds, singing, poetry, blues, and rock. Includes the Fugs playing, "The Summer of Love," "The Modest Rose," and "Ciao Man." This tape is likely to include sounds made from a microphone hung out of Allen Ginsberg's New York Lower East Side apartment.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: mysticism, consciousness
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael
8,197
5
2
First part of a reading by Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure. Anne Waldman introduces the reading that includes Ginsberg performing "Howl," "A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley," and "Supermarket in California." McClure reads "For the Death of 100 Whales," "Jaguar Skies," and "Dark Brown." (Continued on 76p108.)
( 2 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, beat movement, music and literature
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.
7,315
4
0
First half of a class with William S. Burroughs discussing various sources for writing, including dreams, voices (external and internal), and cut-up, giving examples from his own work. Burroughs emphasizes the importance of egolessness to the writer and presents his sources as a means to that end. In the course of the discussion, Burroughs airs many of his ideas about consciousness. There are questions and answers halfway through the session.(Continues on 76P021)
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by Burroughs, William S.
7,100
7
0
William S. Burroughs reads from "The Place of Dead Roads" and "The Cat Inside." Keywords: beat movement, experimental writing
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
7,070
3
2
A performance by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, and Steven Taylor. The recording includes: Ginsberg accompanied by Taylor performing "1948: A Western Ballad," Hawkins's "Middle-Aged Woman Stardust Rap," and Waldman accompanied by Taylor performing "Contra Chant." Also included is an untitled song performed by Taylor.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, Beat Movement, political poetry, Buddhism, performance poetry, Naropa...
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen
6,998
13
2
Allen Ginsberg class with William Burroughs. Ginsberg begins by reading from Burroughs's work, including his book Nova Express. Burroughs arrives and discusses writing techniques, including the idea that "Life is a cut up." He also talks about why he became a writer, Laurie Anderson, rolling drunks, biological warfare, weapons and retreats. The class learns some exercises for observing details while walking down the street.
( 2 reviews )
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by Burroughs, William S.
6,630
4
0
Second half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences. This workshop took place...
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.
5,975
16
0
First half of a lecture by William S. Burroughs including a tape recorded experiment called "Paranormal Voices," a cut-up experiment of Brion Gysin, experiments with Sommerville, messages from dreams, The Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and phrases of minimal context. Burroughs also discusses Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Carl Jung. Lecture ends with a question and answer session. (Continues on 76p019.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental...
First half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing vividness and close observation in writing, particularly the writers who do it, including Walt Whitman, haiku, Jack Kerouac, Reznikoff, Imagists and William Carlos Williams. Ends with Ginsberg reading a poem that was a partial model for "Howl."(Continues on 86p306B.)
( 1 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, consciousness and literature
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Smith, Harry
5,634
1
2
Harry Smith describes two Native American ceremonies he witnessed in the early 1940's in the Pacific Northwest. Interspersed with his account of the ceremonies, he discusses tangentially various related topics, including Native American health before the European invasion, Native American sign language, the migration of symbols, misogyny in anthropological accounts of Native American peoples, creation myths, and cosmology.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: spirituality and literature, mysticism
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
5,154
1
0
A class about the history of poetry, in a series of classes by Allen Ginsberg in 1975. Ginsberg discusses the work of Ezra Pound, 18th and 19th century poetics, and sound and rhythm in poetry. Ginsberg reads poetry selections, followed by a class discussion. (Continues on 75P008)
A reading by Jim Carroll, includes musical perfomances with accompaniment by Steven Taylor, of the Fugs, at the Boulder Museum of Contempary Art (BMoCA). The performance includes Carroll's "Facts," "8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain," "Train Surfing" and "People Who Died."
( 2 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, political poetry, music and literature, performance poetry
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Pate, Alexs; Torres, Edwin
4,888
0
0
First half of a reading with Alexis Pate and Edwin Torres. Pate reads from Multi-Culti. Torres reads and performs several pieces, including "Motor priest" and "Tempest." (Continues on 03P091)
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.
4,855
3
0
Second half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continued from 79p043.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
4,816
1
1
Second half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Diane diPrima. Some of the readings included are Ginsberg's "Stay Away from the White House," "Waldman's "Empty Speech" and diPrima reading from "Revolutionary Letters." (Continued from 74p008.)
( 1 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
4,747
3
2
Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anne Waldman, and Steven Taylor. This portion of the reading features Waldman and Ginsberg. (Continued from 89P045)
( 2 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Monk, Meredith
4,667
4
1
Meredith Monk, composer, singer, director, choreographer, performs Our Lady of Late. Monk's vocals are accompanied by wine glass and percussion.
( 1 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
4,577
3
1
Second half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. This half contains additional commentary by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. Included is a question and answer session that covers the space shuttle Challenger explosion, lucid dreaming, yoga, feminine energy, DNA, the Dalai Lama, and music. Waldman also discusses the ego, rituals, science and why questions, death, birth, mortality, and the bodhisattva. (Continued from 86p001.) Keywords: beat movement,...
( 1 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen; Ginsberg, Allen
4,434
1
0
The first tape in a two part series which is a class taught by Allen Ginsberg. Subject matter includes the life and work of Jack Kerouac. This is part 1 of 2.
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Baraka, Amiri
4,287
6
4
A lecture by Amiri Baraka on the politics of poetics. The lecture ends with a question and answer period covering topics such as jism and jazz, grants in music, whores, hypocrisy, Bob Dylan, and Noam Chomsky.
( 4 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, political poetry, protest poetry, Black Arts Movement
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
4,241
2
0
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 18, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act I scene 1 and 2 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores, Aristotle's poetic and dramatic theories, Ezra Pound's four parts of poetry, and Ginsberg's own poetic influences...
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.
4,067
6
0
First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and A Short Trip Home, and Stephen King's The Shining. Burroughs also discusses exercises for increasing awareness, books as mental film, codes of conduct, heroes, and the film of Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch. (Continues on 79p040.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature
Harry Smith lecture on mythology and cultural practices in traditional and indigenous cultures. Among other topics, he discusses belief in reincarnation, the ceremonial use of peyote, and creation stories.
( 1 reviews )
Harry Smith discusses Surrealism, liars and poetry, as he spends a good deal of the tape trying to find the poem he wants to read, parody of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Topics: consciousness and literature, experimental writing, mysticism
A William S. Burroughs reading compiled from a number of works. Burroughs covers topics from miracles and magic to the Titanic, narcotics, the supernatural and hospitals.
( 1 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
4,021
5
2
Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for first half of Ginsberg's class.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, spirituality and literature
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.
3,970
6
0
Second half of a lecture by William S. Burroughs including a tape recorded experiment called "Paranormal Voices," a cut-up experiment of Brion Gysin, experiments with Sommerville, messages from dreams, The Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and phrases of minimal context. Burroughs also discusses Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Carl Jung. Lecture ends with a question and answer session. (Continued from 76p018.) Keywords: beat movement,...
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.
3,955
7
0
William S. Burroughs lectures on creative reading, including a discussion about various authors including Joseph Conrad, Denton Welch, Jane Bowles, Brion Gysin, and Julian Jaynes. Burroughs also addresses subjects such as art heroes, hemispheres of the brain, and the training of assasins. Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Burroughs, William S.
3,880
4
0
First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and A Short Trip Home, and Stephen King's The Shining. Burroughs also discusses exercises for increasing awareness, books as mental film, codes of conduct, heroes, and the film of Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch. (Continues on 79p040.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
3,845
5
1
Allen Ginsberg talks about writing techniques. At the beginning of the workshop, he describes the Naropa custom of bowing to begin an event. This workshop took place during the 1982 Jack Kerouac Conference at the Naropa Institute.
( 1 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen; Whalen, Philip
3,676
7
1
Allen Ginsberg discusses politics, attitude, anxiety, aggression, and nonviolent action. Ginsberg discusses Rainer Maria Rilke with Philip Whalen, reads an improvised poem, asks a student to do the same, then discusses the process. The tape ends with some talk about Naropa's money problems.
( 1 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, West Coast poetry, spiritualism and literature, beat...
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by Wilson, Peter Lamborn
3,637
1
0
A class by Peter Lamborn Wilson including discussion on Hermetic linguistics, Nietzsche's anti-linguistics, The Will to Power, duality, mysticism, John Zerzan's "Elements of Refusal", modernism, avant garde, 17th century poetry, Arthur Rimbaud, Sufi ethnology and linguistics, poet vs. shamans, Plato's cave, and archetypes.
An Andrei Codrescu lecture on surrealism and the suggestions of the unconsciousness. Codrescu discuses what surrealism is, automatic writing, William S. Burroughs, and cut-ups. Codrescu also reads from his book, The Disappearance of the Outside. The lecture concludes with a question and answer period.
( 1 reviews )
First half of a class by Amiri Baraka on speech, rhythm, sound, and music. The discussion covers Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amos Moore, John Cage, Robert Duncan, T.S. Eliot, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach, Allen Tate, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and German expressionism. (Continues on 85p087.)
Topics: Sound Poetry, New American Poetry, New York School, political poetry, Black Arts Movement
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Moore, Thurston
3,437
0
0
Recorded March, 9th, 2006 at the Boulder Theater, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth performs his poetry and music as part of a benifit for Burma Life and La Casa de la Esperanza. For the first half of the recording, Thrurston reads poems from his books, Alabama Wildman, What I like About Feminism and Nice War, the latter two in their entirety. The second half is a set of songs mostly from the Sonic Youth Ep, Rather Ripped (release date, June 2006) including, Lights Out, Incinerate, Sleeping Around,...
A lecture on documentary poetry and cultural poetics by Alan Gilbert. The lecture includes music and ends with a question and answer period. [by Ann] Alan Gilbert lectures on art, literature, and culture. He discusses works of art as social documentary, alleging that all art is site specific, all cultures are hybrid, and works of art have different effects in different contexts. He uses Walker Evans's photographs, Harry Smith's recordings of folk music, Anselm Hollo's poem High plains drifting...
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by Burroughs, William S.
3,357
7
0
Second half of a William S. Burrough lecture on Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and A Short Trip Home, and Stephen King's The Shining. Burroughs also discusses exercises for increasing awareness, books as mental film, codes of conduct, heroes, and the film of Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch. (Continued from 79p040.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
3,278
3
2
Allen Ginsberg discusses the importance of and references in Jack Kerouac's Mexico City Blues. Plays significant portion of a reading Kerouac did, accompanied by a jazz pianist.
( 2 reviews )
71U031 is part 1 of Gregory Bateson's 1971 lecture on consciousness and psychopathology.
( 1 reviews )
First workshop of the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Anne Charters (biographer and Kerouac Scholar) tells how Kerouac's books have influenced her and a generation. She goes into detail about his style and the influence he had on her as well as her works. Her main focus is on Kerouac's book On The Road and how the book should be seen as one of the most important American novels.
( 3 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Wilson, Peter Lamborn
2,957
1
1
Second half of a lecture by Peter Lamborn Wilson. This portion of the lecture is a question and answer session discussing topics such as cannabis culture, Native Americans and peyote use, and the Palestinian Liberation Front. (Continued from 99P053)
( 1 reviews )
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Creeley, Robert
2,921
0
0
Second half of Robert Creeley lecture on eco-poetics discussing George Herbert and reading "Signs," "Echo's arrow," "Old poems," "Mitch," "Life and death," "Inside my head," "The swan," "The rose" and "The star." (Continued from 97P004)
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by Ginsberg, Allen
2,885
1
0
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 20, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act III scenes 1 through 3 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores. This is class 3 of 4.
Allen Ginsberg discusses early 20th century French modernism, focusing on the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire and Jules Laforgue, and the paintings of Paul Cezanne and the Cubists.
( 1 reviews )
Topics: beat movement, protest poetry, literature and society, technology and literature
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Wilson, Peter Lamborn
2,863
2
3
A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on the role of the poet in interpreting archaeology, anthropology, and human pre-history. He encourages poets to get involved in learning about these fields and taking on the task of interpreting the evidence, since scientists are reluctant to draw conclusions about the past. Wilson believes that we should move beyond interdisciplinary studies to what he calls "anti-categorization." During the course of the lecture he outlines some of his own ideas about...
( 3 reviews )
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by Ginsberg, Allen
2,855
0
0
A continuation of a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, Allen Ginsberg draws parallels between Gregory Corso and Shakespeare, reading verse by both authors. Later Allen goes deeper into the text of Act I of Shakespeare's Tempest. This is class 2 of 4.
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by Smith, Harry
2,815
0
0
Hary Smith Plays and comments on his film "heaven, earth, magic."
Topics: consciousness and literature, mysticism
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Smith, Harry
2,798
2
1
A very short excerpt of Harry Smith talking about slam dancing, fans and clocks, and pinhole cameras,
( 1 reviews )
Topic: none
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by Coolidge, Clark; Creeley, Robert; Ginsberg, Allen; Lacy, Steve
2,796
2
0
Second half of a panel on jazz featuring Clark Coolidge, Steve Lacy, Nathaniel Mackey and Robert Creeley. Coolidge, who worked as a jazz drummer at one time, begins by reading his piece "A note on bop." The panelists move on to a discussion of bop as a language, jazz as sound poetry, rhythm, the relationship of words and dance to music, and their own experiences with jazz. They also touch briefly on the work of Harry Partch. (Continued from 91P067)
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by Wilson, Peter Lamborn
2,714
0
1
First half of a lecture by Peter Lamborn Wilson. Wilson plays a few music CDs followed followed by a discussion of William S. Burroughs's book The Western Lands, Marco Polo, Caliph of Cairo, Mongol raids, Arthur Rimbaud and other topics. (Continues on 99P052)
( 1 reviews )
Topic: none
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
2,670
2
1
First half of a poetry reading at Naropa Institute with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka, and Steven Taylor performing songs. Ginsberg reads "Howl" and "Footnote to Howl." Taylor sings "The virus will take one in ten" and "As I walked out one morning." Waldman reads "May I speak thus" and other poems. Baraka reads "The mind of the president," "The best kept secret," "Masked angel costume," "Changes...
( 1 reviews )
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by Creeley, Robert
2,611
0
0
A class by Robert Creeley on topics including Louis Zukofsky, Charles Bernstein, Mac Low, and Ovid's constant and variant notion of public.
Topics: New American Poetry, Black Mountain School, 20th century poetry, beat movement, objectivist
First half of a lecture by Robert Creeley on Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan. Creeley discusses dreams, the Earth Attractive, traditional forms, Charles Hartman's Free Verse, Robert Frost, Aristotle and tragedy, and restricted verse. (Continues on 86p014.) Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School, art in literature, music in literature, San Francisco Renaissance, modernism
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by Gilbert, Alan
2,608
0
0
First half of a Naropa Summer Writing Program Faculty Reading, with Alan Gilbert reading five poems, including an excerpt from "The subjects of kings, of falcon alert." (Continues on 00P084)
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by diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
2,578
2
1
First half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Diane diPrima. Some of the readings included are Waldman's "Fast Speaking Woman," Ginsberg's "A Manifesto," and diPrima's "Loba." (Continues on 74p009.)
( 1 reviews )
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by Ginsberg, Allen
2,560
0
0
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 20, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act IV scenes 1 through 3 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores and quotes from Elizabethan poets, Calderon's La Vida Es Sueno and Henry King's image of a bubble. This is...
First half of an interview and performance by John Cage. He discusses his "Empty words" concert, Henry David Thoreau, modern art, and "Mureau," a work combining music and Thoreau. (Continues on A002B)
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by Ginsberg, Allen
2,546
5
0
A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick...
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
2,543
5
1
An Allen Ginsberg workshop featuring student poetry readings. There is also a discussion about style and ordinary mind. This workshop took place during the 1982 Jack Kerouac Conference at the Naropa Institute.
( 1 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, spirituality and literature
Second half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac and discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on meeting Kerouac and their ensuing relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer, and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences. (Continued from...
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by Coolidge, Clark; Creeley, Robert; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Hollo, Anselm
2,474
1
1
A reading at the Boulder Theater by Clark Coolidge and Robert Creeley with introductions by Bobbie Louise Hawkins and Anselm Hollo. The readings include Coolidge's "City in Regard" and Creeley's "So There," "O Max," "Life," "Helsinki Window," "The Seasons" and "Body." (Continues on 91p071.)
( 1 reviews )
Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, performance poetry
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
2,395
0
1
Allen Ginsberg concludes his reading at the Naropa Institute, featuring "Sincerity rap" and a notebook entry for the day of the reading, 7/21/1985.
( 1 reviews )
The first two classes in a "History of poetry" series by Allen Ginsberg in the summer of 1975, taught by Gregory Corso while Ginsberg was sick. Corso holds the class in a "Socratic" format, allowing the students to ask him questions about anything they wish. He describes his process of editing and shaping a poem, and also talks about his family and relations with members of the Beat generation.
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by Burroughs, William S.
2,371
2
0
Second half of a class with William S. Burroughs, continuing with his exploration of egoless sources for writing, focusing on the nature of egolessness, especially its relation to Buddhist notions of egolessness and nonattachment. Notably, Burroughs maintains that "the goal of enlightenment is not necessarily the goal of the writer." There are some brief digressions on the relation between written, spoken, and nonverbal communication. (Continued from 76p020. Continues on 76p022.)...
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Whalen, Philip
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Allen Ginsberg discusses "Aboriginal Poetics": the children's songs, migration songs, and funeral songs of the aboriginal population of Australia. He performs chants with aboriginal songsticks, including one written to protest the Vietnam War. The tape concludes with a reading and discussion of Vachel Lindsay's rhythmic poem "The Congo."
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, incantation, language and culture, preliterate culture, oral...
Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ferlinghetti, Lawrence; Taylor, Steven; Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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A Peter Lamborn Wilson and Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading with Wilson discussing Harry Smith in a talk he calls, "Praying in darkness." Wilson also discusses Chinese shamanism. Ferlinghetti reads with musical accompaniment by Steven Taylor. They perform "The greedy blues" and "The breeding blues," followed by a series of poems. The reading ends with "Are there not still fireflies" and "Rivers of light."
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Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
by Ginsberg, Allen
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First half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for second half of Ginsberg's class.